Strategic partnerships of HU Berlin

Strategic development of collaborations with selected partner universities in the area of research, teaching and governance – collaboration between universities with a common vision

With its strategic partnerships, Humboldt-Universität is actively intensifying international collaborations in research, teaching and governance. The University has, therefore, been developing a range of strategic partnerships with internationally renowned institutes of higher education since 2012, starting with its multitude of international contacts. Tightly knit cooperation and a special, mutual trust promote exchanges between these universities at all levels. Within a strategic partnership, the partner universities benefit, in addition, from excellent regional networks that allow them access to contacts and information.

In consultation with its strategic partners, Humboldt-Universität develops different formats, funding lines and events. These depict the international profile of Humboldt-Universität and focus on various target groups within the University.  

With its strategic partnerships, Humboldt-Universität pursues the following objectives:

  • Strategic profile development
  • Further development of international visibility
  • Support of cutting-edge research
  • Promotion of young researchers
  • Networking and exchange at governance and executive levels
  • Development of regional focuses


The diverse elements of strategic partnerships directly promote the internationalisation of Humboldt-Universität in research, teaching and governance:

  • Joint project funding (annual joint calls for proposals)
  • Joint format development in research & teaching
  • Identification of joint research focuses
  • Exchange and networking at governance and executive levels
  • Joint public events addressing current international issues


When selecting a strategic partner, the partners’ successful projects and collaborations as well as their future potential play a key role. A strategic partnership is initiated in a bottom-up process according to clearly defined criteria based on scientific excellence, existing relationships and global distribution of the strategic partners, among other things.

For its strategic partnerships Humboldt-Universität has developed two models that represent different structures of collaboration:


1. The profile partnerships of Humboldt-Universität (bilateral model):

Princeton University

Profile partner since October 2012


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National University of Singapore

Profile partner since December 2014


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Universidade de São Paulo

Profile partner since October 2015


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2. The focal regions of Humboldt-Universität (multilateral model):

CENTRAL (Central European Network for Teaching and Research in Academic Liaison)


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Contact Profile Partnerships
Claudia Schmidt-Memmler (for Princeton University)
International Strategy Office
Tel.: +49 30 2093-20091
Nina Mikolaschek (for Universidade de São Paulo)
International Strategy Office
Tel.: +49 30 2093-20088
Dr. David Glowsky (for National University of Singapore)
International Strategy Office
Tel.: +49 30 2093-20081


Contact Focal Regions

Aleksandra Laski (for CENTRAL)

International Strategy Office
Tel.: +49 30 2093-20084